Bruce Museum Seaside Center welcomes new residents: Baby Pufferfish

There are some exciting new residents at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, and there’s even a new nursery to accommodate them. The Seaside Center is now home to several baby Northern Pufferfish, discovered recently while conducting a seine in the waters of Long Island Sound with a camp group from Greenwich Explorers.

“We were delighted to catch several mature and immature pipefish and Northern Pufferfish in the Sound — two species that we had very much wanted to add to our tanks and that have also been a big hit at the Center thus far,” said Cynthia Ehlinger, manager of the Bruce Museum Seaside Center and Science Curatorial and Marketing Associate at the Museum. “Our new nursery accommodates the immature specimens that we collected, while the larger tanks hold the adults.”

One of the more colorful residents of Long Island Sound, the Northern Pufferfish is so called because of its ability to puff itself up. By filling its swim bladder with water, thereby more than doubling in size, the pufferfish discourages attacking predators with its imposing appearance. Unlike its close relative the Fugufish — a prized delicacy in Japan — the Northern Pufferfish appears to be non-toxic and is considered a delicacy in the Chesapeake Bay area.

“Our Pufferfish have remarkable coloration,” said Ehlinger. “The fish have a rich gold, creamy white and mocha-banded body with vibrant sapphire eyes. We all highly recommend you come down and check out our tanks!”

Adult Northern Pufferfish at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center

Adult Northern Pufferfish at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center

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